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10.05. Colloquium on African linguistics: The Replacement pattern in tripartite number systems (Junglas)

“The R(eplacement) pattern within Northeastern Africa's tripartite number systems” - Talk by Jan Junglas (HU Berlin, Ph.D. project) given within the digital colloquium of African linguistics and languages
  • When May 10, 2022 from 04:15 to 05:45
  • Where Institut für Asien- und Afrikawissenschaften, Invalidenstr. 118, room 410 & via Zoom
  • Contact Name Christfried Naumann (christfried.naumann (AT) hu-berlin.de, please contact for Zoom access information)
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Following the approach by Güldemann and Junglas (in preparation) to tripartite number marking, “encoding tripartiteness” is a major feature of various Northeastern African language groups and concerns the three different patterns of nominal number marking within an individual language. Besides the morphological plural marking of an unmarked singular form (P(lurative) pattern) and the morphological singular marking of an unmarked plural form (S(ingulative) pattern), a noun lexeme can also be morphologically marked for both singular and plural (R(eplacement) pattern). Even though, at first glance, the S pattern appears to be the most striking feature of these systems, it is actually the additional R pattern that sets them apart from certain bipartite languages which allow for singulative marking as well (for example a number of Celtic or Semitic languages). In order to shine a light on this often neglected marking pattern, comparative data from 14 languages and nine different language groups is examined in this talk providing typological insights into the distribution, morphology and semantics of the R pattern on a language specific as well as a cross-linguistic level.

Güldemann, Tom and Jan Junglas. in preparation. The four-way semantics of tripartite number: implications for a typology of number morphology.